Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Inspired by Luke 21:5-19

“When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, [Jesus] said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’”  Luke 21:5-6 (NRSV)

We have many opportunities to show our faithfulness to God.  We can build great churches or cathedrals; we can buy religious art or jewelry.  We can create many things that witness to our love and devotion to the Lord our God.

Yet every material thing that we build or buy will someday perish.  Buildings will fall into disrepair or be destroyed by wars or natural disasters.  Art and jewelry can get lost, stolen, or damaged.  The rich and towering monuments to our faith will become as worthless as dust.

But there is an investment we can make that will last forever.  Share the good news.  Proclaim all that God in Christ has done for you, and demonstrate his love and mercy to all whom you encounter.  Nurture the seed of faith that God has planted in every human heart, and trust that the gospel of Jesus Christ will endure as material possessions crumble.

Let us pray.  Eternal God, your Word has endured since the beginning of time.  Help us to put our faith in you, that all our efforts may go to proclaiming your love.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.